posted on July 28, 2006 at 11:29 pm

goodbye austin
hello dallas
we drive n drive thru the 101 degree heat
huge highways choked with traffic
giant trucks n lorries speeding along
stop at a servo
want some turkey jerky?
or a little replica of the decalogue
(the ten commandments)
some olde people (even older than me)
approach us…
youre not from around here, are ya?

last nites gig was a good one
thanks austin
you were bohemian n cool
i dissed the prez
and no one booed
blah blah blah
we were raggedy but energetic
which is better than the reverse
i guess
we were potless tho
potless n bible black
whatever happened to the sixties
(ah they ended 40 years ago you goose)
jesus its not too much to ask… it?
a wee smoke before playin’….?
wanna zan x someone asks…?
no thanks druid
not quite the same thing
thats real drugs
not the god given herbal sacrament…….
you can get guns n fireworks pretty easy tho
maybe i should try lettin off some crackers
before i play
i guess it cant hurt…

so im sitting back here
in the granada theatre
with big bucks burnette
petaluma our merch girl
n rob d
and im writing what i’m writing about
big bucks n i have just invented the “bloggcast”
actually im gonna do an unprecedented thing here
im gonna turn my blogg over to big bucks
whose gonna have a texas word with ya all
so here goes…..

(the next words you read will be bigs bucks)

(Poem For Steve Kilbey)

Some call me a legend
But I’m just a rumor in my own time
I use capital letters
And to kilbey that’s a crime

Been with Willson-Piper
For far too long
But I have to give them credit
They wrote my favorite song

I can’t remember how it went
Can’t recall a single word
It hit my ears, I disappeared
Flew unseen with the birds

And all the buildings disappeared
My feelings came unwound
Another way of being
Was the next thing that I’d found

I circled many planets
But I never left my home
And not unlike Steve Kilbey
My heart was meant to roam

He’s made many, many records
I’ve made seventeen mistakes
I guess all kinds with different minds
Is what this poor world takes

Thank god that I met them
In a decade far away
You won’t believe what my friend Steve
Can do or think or say

He sang Cortez The Killer
With Tom Verlaine on stage
When it comes to what he knows
He’s written every page

If you catch a shadowed glimpse
In the backyard of the night
It’s probably Steven Kilbey
Finding something else to write

He never told us who he is
Or where he’s from or how
If I believe what I believe
He’s here before me now

But then again he’s prone to prose
At length in every nation
His favorite speech of how he seeks
The Next Hallucination

Angels, stars and small guitars
Are in his childhood bedroom
In his brain a choo choo train
Pursues a witch at mid-broom

This fairyland that claims his soul
Casts charm to him eternal
The world responds with yen and yawns
Reward is found internal

In closing I should tell you
He’s paid me now to lie
I’m guilty of professing love
And selling alibis

Goodnight children, kiss you now
Don’t forget to feed the tigers
You’re on your way to holiday
At Steven’s gig in Algiers

Bucks Burnett
July 28, 2006
Granada Theater
Dallas, TX USA Earth Universe 14 Over There
That One There

well there ya go
thats ole’ bucks for ya…
ever the poet
and folks
across the road from this gig
is the place where one night 20 years ago
we wrote nse+w
gee was it really that long ago ???
tonites gig is in a lovely olde cinema
lovely lite show
great sound
texas is cool fiendss
dont believe the hype
the cool guys here are uber cool
cos of the opposing forces of cowboydom
its easy to be a fucking hippy in n bondi
but maybe its a little harder here in some places
things just aint so easy going here
and i can understand n respect that
it coulda been easy….
but it aint
and thats that
texas ah yer myth looms so large
johnny wayne
(real name : marion morrison)
davy crockett
jimmy bowie (no relation!)
zz top
(the one without the beard is frank beard)
buddy holly( early rock tradge)
stevie ray vaughan
willy nelson( love yer pigtails you big sissy)
roky erikson( hes a little nutty i hear)
charlie sexton( oh you pretty thing)
edie brickhel(mrs p simon)
billy preston (rip)
jr(from i dream of jeannie)
i dunno
the lone star state
the moon at night burns big n bright
deep in the heart of texas
we re leaving tomorrow
maybe i’ll never get to come back
if it takes as long as last time
i’ll be 67…
if i even get to 67
thats not a given
dont tempt fate you hubristic olde rocker
you could get electro-cuted tonite on the stage
ya never know when ye olde numbers are up
thats too gloomy for you fun loving blogge fiendss
so i aint gonna bring ya down with talk of my sad demise
(i bet i become huge the day after i drop off my perch)
never mind my grandchildren will live in lux
thats it for today
thanks b b b for the pome
thats to texass for being great audiences
thanks to my manager for letting me breathe
thanks to weather for making it seethe
good buy
turn me on deadman
s the k
a huge gushing thank you
to the dallas contributors to sks timebeing blogge
special jazz war chest
your sacrifice is appreciated

43 Responses to “the donkeys do dallas”

  1. avatar
    daydreamer | 29 July 2006 at 2:11 am #

    I dreamed last night you had five grandchildren. But you were just getting started.

    Pretty lame for a “first comment” eh?

  2. avatar
    Sharky's Place | 29 July 2006 at 2:22 am #

    Al Jourgensen thought the same of Texas and then he moved to Austin. Maybe you’ll come around again. It isn’t all bad and you are dead on about the cowboys. Nice poem though.

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 July 2006 at 2:28 am #

    Hey SK,

    Sounds like you’re having a very interesting tour and some good jazz ciggies (I know they’re only herbal).

    Hope there is gonna be an Aussie tour and don’t foget about the live video to keep us Aussie fans happy.

    Keep on rocking the USA,
    Love Therese

  4. avatar
    mike a | 29 July 2006 at 2:29 am #

    Good job Bucks!!!

  5. avatar
    john in austin, texas | 29 July 2006 at 2:31 am #

    I sincerely hope its not 16 years until you come back through Texas. I’m hoping its next year…and that’s a long time to wait.

    I can’t believe you guys were jazz-less last night… wish I could have seen you before the show. I’m sure there are more than a few here that won’t let it happen if there’s a next time.

    Hope you have a great nite in Dallas. Wish I could be there.

  6. avatar
    john in austin, texas | 29 July 2006 at 2:36 am #

    oh yeah…i forgot to mention, the church and its music are infiltrating my dreams again…and my dreams are infiltrating my waking hours…sometimes its hard to tell when it all begins and ends.

  7. avatar
    the dean | 29 July 2006 at 2:40 am #

    I like the king crimson reference.
    the king is not dead nor forgotten

  8. avatar
    Rama Dee | 29 July 2006 at 2:44 am #

    yeah, we tried to supply the ether, but im sure thos of us didnt know how to trans-act..anyway, i understand the angst without-oh well, better luck….you know, the cowboy cliche is a little disturbing…i mean, some of us are cosmic, you know, and i’d venture to say its a little more complex…and you know what, austin and texas have their myths, and hype, and you cant beleeve it really one way or another…Austin’s ok….im a musician and been here longer than just about everyone, its not really that special of a place- from my POV…anyway, just thought i’d finish my commentary…i need to stop thinking about SK’s magic…i’m starting to feel all too human, and vice-versa..Love to All , Sk and Church fans…enjoy the shows and the ride…BE Well***oh yeah, and pick up the church cd’s ya dont have( like Back with two beast, beside yerself, etc…they are all at the shows for about 12 bucks …cant stop listenin to IO blues..right on the money…GOODBYE=…….

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 July 2006 at 3:09 am #

    Thru the kool night
    the magik karpet karavan gleams on
    dripping blurs of smoke and cosmic laughter
    strumming and humming spells
    many many more awaiting
    Unified field
    jaime r..

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 July 2006 at 3:18 am #

    SK wrote:

    texas ah yer myth looms so large
    johnny wayne
    (real name : marion morrison)
    davy crockett
    jimmy bowie (no relation!)
    zz top
    (the one without the beard is frank beard)
    buddy holly( early rock tradge)
    stevie ray vaughan
    willy nelson( love yer pigtails you big sissy)
    roky erikson( hes a little nutty i hear)
    charlie sexton( oh you pretty thing)
    edie brickhel(mrs p simon)
    billy preston (rip)
    jr(from i dream of jeannie)

    And perhaps soon to be added to the list – Kinky Friedman!

  11. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 29 July 2006 at 3:34 am #

    Wow, look what happens to you w/o your jazz ciggies! Ya start goin’ all pop culture on us and get all down on your own mortality. 67. Hmm. I like that number – ya can’t kick it then buddy boy. That be the year I was born. Nope. You’ll go on much longer. I can see it in your eyes. 😉

    What’s the matter with you people? NOT ONE jazz ciggie for the man? Do you CARE at ALL? I’m kidding. Better luck next stop, cowboy.

    Johnny Wayne went to my high school and that is NOT a joke. Steven, I want you to write me, and tell me where I went to high school.That’s your homework.
    All right peeps, go for it. 😉
    love n’ lots of god herb

  12. avatar
    heatherspace(d) | 29 July 2006 at 4:33 am #

    maybe i should try lettin off some crackers
    before i play
    i guess it cant hurt…

    Damage those fingers and you’ll have to play bass and paint with your teeth or tongue or feet or somesuch. While I’m sure that scenario would make for a most heart-rending, angsty Daniel Day-Lewis movie, I’d personally be kinda pissed at you.

    What’s the saying – it’s all FUN and games until…? (I think you’d rock an eyepatch, though – just sayin’.)

  13. avatar
    B | 29 July 2006 at 6:27 am #

    i love how you write it. dig it beyond dig.

  14. avatar
    Fandorin | 29 July 2006 at 6:29 am #

    homework: folk song for next solo CD, based on that pome!

    careful now, no crackers and stuff. You do something you shouldnt have done and you’ll be angry later. Look at Andy Partridge. Refusing to record a new XTC CD, instead trying to release an “improvisational CD” full of noodling and doodling. And what happens? BAng, go the eardrums during mixing and another legend with tinnitus is born…

  15. avatar
    davem | 29 July 2006 at 6:55 am #

    You missed out “fat” before Manager.
    Lovely words. It’s nice that you seem to be enjoying the experience.
    Are we going to get that live DVD?
    Love you more,


  16. avatar
    Centuryhouse | 29 July 2006 at 7:29 am #

    Mr. Kilbey, I hadn’t planned to go tonight but your graciousness and consideration turned it around – I left for the show at 5 minutes notice. If what Salim relayed to me is correct, you are a class act. Thank you.

    BUCKS! Great seeing you again, it’s been too long. Nice bit o’ writing! (for those that don’t know, check out the 2 CDs from band/project VOLARES which is Bucks, Paul A. & Dare Mason, and features MWP, Julianne R.)

    The show was fantastic, but who would expect any different? Some great stuff – “Easy” was phenonenal, “2 Places” was lush & wonderful, “Far Away” (?) was beautiful, “Buffalo” was touching and warm (for such a cold place).

    I must point out: THREE ENCORES! Having “Just For You” was a wonderful way to close, and it was like you were singing that the extra encore was ‘just for us’.

  17. avatar
    The young relict | 29 July 2006 at 7:31 am #

    Glad I could help. Those Altoids are the curiously strong Jazz…. I mean mint…. I would have gotten more but it wasnt easy getting…. Anyways, Petra is a real sweetheart. And she found some nice boots too. I just want to say I was blown away by the show tonight. You guys were amazing. Triple encore? Even better than the Houston show. You are just too good to us. You guys should record that Elisabethan version of Grind. It was Phenomenal. Well I hope all goes well in New Orleans and the rest of the tour. Come back to Texas ASAP. See ya around…

  18. avatar
    bucks burnett | 29 July 2006 at 7:36 am #

    Enjoyed co-creating the world’s first BLOGCAST with Steve Kilbey and his fabulous readers and audience. What is a BLOGCAST? It’s a term we arrived at while discussing contempt for words like BLOG and PODCAST. If technology’s so smart, why do all the names suck? Evertime you think or speak the word BLOGCAST, Steve and I get to split 50 cents.Great show in Dallas tonight, wonderful to see my friends in The Church doing and play so well; their first Dallas gig in 16 years, so a round of applause and a big fatte cheque for all involved. My Best Wishes are your command, BUCKS.

  19. avatar
    salim nourallah | 29 July 2006 at 7:41 am #

    thank you SK for 2 hours and forty five minutes of musical bliss. providence, day 5, grind, 0408, all i know – just some of the ones that particularly touched me tonight. we’ve been waiting 16 years here in big d for you guys to come back. it was well worth the wait. the best part was to see you well and happy. your voice filled that big old theater with love, love and even more love. the best church concert i’ve ever been to – without a doubt. may the road ahead be good to you kind kilbey.

  20. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 29 July 2006 at 8:15 am #

    thanks for the poem for Steve, BUCKS, nicely done…

  21. avatar
    bucks burnett | 29 July 2006 at 8:19 am #

    Steve made me promise to start a bloggy and swore it would be simple and it was. So stop by bucksburnett.blogspot and read my diary, Asleep In Egypt. Learn more about the BLOGCAST and enjoy a thin-depth review of the first Dallas Church performance in 16 years. Computers and dancing make me nervous, but dancing computers make me laugh. Thanks Steve, your initials will forever be SK to me.

  22. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 29 July 2006 at 8:23 am #

    triple encore?
    sobs bitterly…

    no, no, really, i’m so happy for you all!
    really i am.

    : )

  23. avatar
    Samosanx | 29 July 2006 at 9:05 am #


    nice poem, lovely denouement….

    wow, Tom Verlaine and Steve Kilbey on the same stage….

    f***n wow!

    I hope you did a frosties song

    xx darwin

  24. avatar
    Tokin'Jester | 29 July 2006 at 12:22 pm #

    See ya in SFCA with somethin’ much bettr than the last–Love you guys & girl-The waiting is excruciating!I’ll be there even if I haveta hoof it all the way there from helllay.

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 July 2006 at 12:24 pm #

    I think Marty should be inverted for milkyway–whatta grand finale!

  26. avatar
    Richard | 29 July 2006 at 12:59 pm #


    you blokes were in a question on rockwiz tonight (sat in aust)

    chris wilson was one of the guest rockers

    i reckon his harmonica and the instrumental on utmw would be a match made in heaven

    major talent… nothing like the recognition he deserves

    sounds familiar

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 July 2006 at 2:18 pm #

    Having seen many shows at The Granada since they converted it into a live music venue, I always thought it would be the perfect place for my favorite band to play. I was not disappointed.

    Great sound, great lights. What a wonderful experience. Thank you Steve and of course thank you to the rest of the band and all of the support staff.

    Hope you enjoyed your swing through Texas. It is certainly a strange place. Not unlike the rest of the world it’s bads are really bad but it’s goods are really, really good.

    Love to you Steven as always. Thank you for sharing some of your love with us last night. It will never be forgotten.

    P.S. I was wondering if you guys would recoginize the birthplace of N,S,E,+W. It certainly has changed since then. Glad you did!

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 July 2006 at 3:09 pm #

    dear sk
    loved the bloggie today
    (and everyday)
    great addition from bucks

    reading about
    your adventures
    in tx, az, cal
    so close and
    yet so far …
    i keep checking
    the airfares
    to chicago
    on the chance
    that we’ll luck into
    some superecono
    grab a friend as
    an overnight
    and take off
    for a wild
    friday night
    with the church
    we even have
    a perfect rationale
    for special festivities
    (not that we
    need one)
    john and i are
    25 years together
    this summer
    (i was 21
    he was 23)
    holy ****
    that blows
    me away

    my other
    fantasy …
    a surprise
    that you’ve
    added a denver gig

    as a tshirt
    my mother gave me

    be realisitic
    expect a miracle

    gotta love that

    diane and john

    ps nse+w
    brilliant song

  29. avatar
    veleska1970 | 29 July 2006 at 3:20 pm #

    what a helluva show last night, steve!! you guys just keep gettin’ better n better.

    thanks for coming out to meet everybody afterwards. and please extend my thanks to rd, pk and mwp, also. we didn’t see tp. oh well~~maybe next time. i wasn’t expecting to wait around for this treat after the show, but it was worth it!!

    just please excuse my goofiness~~i was literally about to fall down from exhaustion. it’s amazing how lack of sleep ravages your spirit and mind!! i promise i’ll be better rested next time.

    lotza love….

  30. avatar
    baby | 29 July 2006 at 3:29 pm #

    “feed the tigers”

    Tiger, tiger, burning bright
    In the forests of the night,
    What immortal hand or eye
    Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

    In what distant deeps or skies
    Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
    On what wings dare he aspire?
    What the hand dare seize the fire?

    Because Blake, like you, could break on through.

  31. avatar
    baby twice | 29 July 2006 at 3:30 pm #

    and Tigers like their breakfast hot!

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 July 2006 at 3:43 pm #

    Dear Steve,
    Thanks you and the rest of the band for a truly transcendent show last night in Dallas. The performance of “Invisible” with the Go-Between’s “Bye-Bye Pride” and the Velvet Underground’s “Heroin” blended in, all with the most intense performance live of a D chord… by four brilliant musicians. I’m reminded of Philip Larkin’s poem “Solar”:
    Suspended lion face
    Spilling at the centre
    Of an unfurnished sky
    How still you stand,
    And how unaided
    Single stalkless flower
    You pour unrecompensed.

    The eye sees you
    Simplified by distance
    Into an origin,
    Your petalled head of flames
    Continuously exploding.
    Heat is the echo of your

    Coined there among
    Lonely horizontals
    You exist openly.
    Our needs hourly
    Climb and return like angels.
    Unclosing like a hand,
    You give for ever.

    Thank you.

  33. avatar
    Adele Yvonne | 29 July 2006 at 5:43 pm #

    I dug the King Crimson reference, too. Long live the King! See you tonight, Steve!

  34. avatar
    farmboy | 29 July 2006 at 5:46 pm #

    not long now…
    hiding in a hotel room, somewhere in the old quarter, me and she and baby to be. enjoying the travelogue, hoping the journey is safe. we’ve been patient, looking forward to a good rocking tonight. knock ’em dead, killer.

  35. avatar
    Rama Dee | 29 July 2006 at 6:52 pm #

    oh dear god, dallas is cooler than austin…oh well, i guess it dont matter. It just makes me wonder why the turnout was so small here, in this ultra-pretentious town of mine, with all its bullshit scenesters…maybe i’ll eventually pack up and head to BIG D….goodbye cruel World…

  36. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 29 July 2006 at 7:07 pm #

    i must admit
    two places at once
    is a church thrill
    i’ll miss experiencing

    i hope you’re enjoying the tour

  37. avatar
    finn | 29 July 2006 at 7:32 pm #

    Sk, sounds like yer in good spirits and enjoying your SW American travels. I hope the rest of the tour keeps you guys feeling it and enjoying yourselves. Can’t wait to see you in Chicago. Hope ya getta good stash a jazz cigs.

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 July 2006 at 8:34 pm #

    I saw the show in houston, the one with the technical difficuties. I thought it was the best show that i have ever seen. Then i went to the Grenada in dallas. Best show ever times TEN. No technical difficulties. We bought oddles and oodles of merch, and will remember that night forever. Every one of you were flawless, even the beautiful woman on the guitar in one song…. i think it was providence.
    If you ever come to texas or louisiana again, ill buy 3 more tickets and give them all out to my closest friends.
    Your show was worth a million dollars!
    Like i yelled so many times last night (my voice is out now) WE LOVE YOU GUYS!
    You are underrated musical geniouses.
    Galveston Texas

  39. avatar
    Renee | 29 July 2006 at 9:57 pm #

    Boy, what do you write after a comment like that!

    Glad to hear you are in good spirits,
    sounds like the shows just keep getting better and better!
    Your fans ratted you out though,
    3 encores and mingling with the crowd afterwards, can we expect the same when you reach this town?

    As for the lack of ‘smokage’
    many of the readers said they looked for you but couldn’t find you,
    I suspect your hiddin out somewhere backstage
    writing to us adoring fans,
    You are so dedicated!

    Interesting heading for your blog,
    I saw a movie once with a similar title, but I don’t remember seeing any donkeys!

    lots o’ luv

  40. avatar
    Lynnster | 30 July 2006 at 5:57 am #

    Glad to hear the Dallas folks took care of you, Steve. Hope the week ahead is a good one.

  41. avatar
    John Garratt | 31 July 2006 at 1:34 pm #


    I’m sorry, but I ripped off another song of yours. Again.


  42. avatar
    lizardlizard81 | 4 August 2006 at 11:39 pm #

    Austin was just brilliant — so amazing compared to the smoky dive in Kansas City two years ago where I saw you last —> (with that jerk in front of me that kept yelling at you, blowing smoke in your face, and *grand finale* screamed in you guys’ crowd mic).

    Dallas was another story. I thought you would have punished them for being so naughty by withholding encores (geez, if you wanted some place to take your business clients or what have you, go to a strip club!) — boy, was I suprised when you treated us to THREE! Bravo for being more forgiving than I would have been.

    Also, thank you for touring with Rob Dickinson — a most complimentary pairing.

    ~Liz B.

  43. avatar
    heyday2day | 10 March 2009 at 1:23 am #

    i’m aware that i’m a bit late commenting on this blog piece but i was real slooooow in embracing the internet age. i was at this gig at the granada and the one at la zona rosa in austin. they were both great shows but the dallas one was slightly better and had a great vibe to it. next time you come to texas, will do my best to make sure that some of your herbal needs are met. after all, you and your band have continued to meet my needs thru the years. keep on keepin’ on and you are so right about the cowboy myth/culture dominating everything else but we make due with what we have got.


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